|English Bluebells - my first Signature Plant|
The report comes as no surprise to gardeners. Following a non-existent winter and with a record warm spring, my confused spring plants bloomed early -- check out my 2012 March Madness posting. West Nile virus hit early, and the PA Breeding Bird Census shows several birds expanded their ranges northward. As Diane Husic, leader of the Eastern PA Phenology project says, "The times they are a changing ..."
(Remember to click on words colored red to go to the links.)
What will 2013 bring? We are already experiencing strange phenomena in the plant world with reports of cherry blossoms in Washington DC -- in January? Wow! The Eastern PA Phenology Project blog gives a full report here - a must read!
|Echinacea purpurea (eastern purple coneflower)|
My blog has played a small part in the project since March 2011. Read Phenology: My New Favorite Science if it's new to you. I am excited to report whatever phenomena 2013 will bring to my small corner of the world.
|Creeping phlox subulata|
I have illustrated this posting with twelve plants I chose for the 'Dozen for Diana' meme. These are 'must-have' plants for my garden if I was starting over. I chose a groundcover (creeping phlox), a vine (clematis), a shrub (rose), a grass (zebra grass), an annual (zinnia), two trees (black walnut and cherry), and three perennials (purple cone flower, daylily, and hellebore.) I thought about seasonal interest and color.
|David Austin Rose Rosa "Lichfield Angel"|
On the whole, I am happy with my choices, but if I did it over I would definitely pick more native plants.
|Hemerocallis Daylily 'Chicago Apache'|
|Milkweed, Asclepias, is the host plant for Monarch butterflies.|
|Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus.' Zebra grass|
|Hellebore Helleborus sp|
|Clematis 'Tie Dye'|
As I said in my last posting, 2012 was a good year in my garden, in spite of the wacky weather. I know all my U.S. gardening friends experienced extremes, as did gardeners all around the world. This year is already promising to be another unusual one with unprecedented weather conditions. Bring it on -- we gardeners are ready!
|Walnut Trees, here and in the lead picture above.|
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